A Revelation by Kjell Bakke

So, here I sit at the fire station, on a shift watching some T.V. before the crew goes to bed. Suddenly it hits me, I have been looking at woodworking pieces, looking at finishing products and techniques that are new to me (I'm not an especially creative finisher, Waterlox/T&T varnish oil/Briwax/Tung oil is about all one needs) checking the blogs, reading archived articles on Fine Woodworking and consuming information at a rather steadfast rate.......for five hours.

My weekend was kicked off with a bang, our anniversary is on the fourth and my lovely bride to be gave me a fantastic gift, a brand spankin' new Veritas dovetail saw. (The answer to your question is no, you cant have her, and I don't know where to find another one.....I realize I have to specify........the woman.) 

I was gone all weekend celebrating the fourth of July with my fiancee and my family which shaved my shop time to none, and while that kept me from my shop, I was still immersed in the craft. I found myself peeking under tables, looking in drawers, and attempting to shave down the stack of books that I have acquired, I managed to finish one on this trip by Master Toshio Odate. The weekend was tailed by a long drive home and upon our return, I was immediately in the shop again. I didn't actually achieve anything that night except sweep the bench and place my hands on my tools. Today I actually tidied up better, put the finishing touches on a jewelry box, worked on a table commission, almost finished fabricating lathe parts, so-on at nauseum. Quite an obsession indeed. 

All of this by the way of saying, when confronted with the fact that I cannot get into the shop until 6:30pm tomorrow, I am saddened. I am past saving, there is no hope, and I couldn't be happier to soften and bend to the will of this addiction. 

I truly hope that all people can be completely taken over by something like this.

I am a woodworker, I am consumed. 



Updates and stuff. by Kjell Bakke

Alright friends, esteemed colleagues, companions, consorts, cohorts and others of the ilk, (calmly sets down thesaurus.) Whatever you may be you have somehow stumbled upon my webpage. Up to this point it has been relatively inactive due to me trying to get my business legs underneath me in the form of much paperwork and milling about. Regardless, I am happy you are here and it is time to turn this into something that actually expresses myself and my work. 

There is just one small favor I ask of you: if you see something that trips your fancy, please, by all means let me know. If there is an idea you would like me to explore or utilize, I would love to hear about it. if you have any input at all, please place those ideas in a fire extinguisher and aim that baby this way, or aim it at people you know, or people you don't know.  In case that was too obscure, I would like you to tell your friends about me......There is an instagram too......and facebook......

I would probably not have ever thought that this could be a business without having support force fed to me by the wonderful people in my life, and to my friends I could not be more thankful. So lets expand this friend pool.